Status of Women
Council of the NWT
Status of Women
Council of the NWT

Board of Directors


Georgina Jacobson Masuzumi

Beaufort Delta Region, Tuktoyaktuk
Appointed August 2014

Born in Tuktoyaktuk to the hunter/trapper/carver family of Jimmy & Bella Jacobson,  Georgina attended Grollier Hall in Inuvik, Grandin College in Fort Smith, Mount Royal College in Calgary and Aurora College in Inuvik.  She has held a variety of jobs:  radio station announcer for CFCT in Tuk, flight attendant for Canmar, private business owner/operator, caterer, recreation coordinator, remote camp manager, caretaker for an elders’ facility and foster parent. Other pursuits include Hamlet Councillor, Elders’ Committee member, advocate for social justice and on the land traditional activities.  She also participated in the first NWT Elders’ Parliament as the Nunakput representative.


Doris Camsell

Vice President
South Slave Region, Hay River
Appointed December 2014

Born in Ft. Providence Doris has one brother and six sisters.  She is married to Doug Camsell and has two sons: Malcolm & Kyle. Doris attended Sir John Franklin & Diamond Jenness.  She received her BE in 1986, a Linguistic Certificate from University of New Mexico in 1986, a BA in Anthropology and Archeology in 2005, and Master of Education in Land Based Education in 2010.  Doris participated in the development of the Den K’ede Curriculum and taught at all four schools in Hay River. Doris works at Harry Camsell School teaching Dene Zhatie. Her passion is to revitalize and maintain Dene Thati in education. 


Paulina Roche

Vice President
Sahtu Region Deline
Appointed December 2014

Paulina was born in Délįne. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 boys - Carson (21), Jake (19) Dallas (17) and John (15). Paulina’s early education was spent at Grollier Hall while she attended high school in Inuvik. She studied at Aurora College for her Diploma in Business Administration.  Paulina has been working as a Manager for Délįne First Nation Chief and Council since 2001. For the past 6 years she has also been working with Self-Government as a transition team member. She volunteers a lot, she is president of the Native Women’s Association, and recently she won the Community Builder Award.

Martina Norwegian

Deh Cho Region, Fort Simpson
Appointed June 2016

Martina was born and raised in Liidlii Kue and comes from humble beginnings.  She has learned through experience to not take anyone for granted in her life and is a voice of women who struggle to find their own voice.  Martina is passionate about language and speaks South Slavey.  Her dedication to education is strong as she is chairperson for the Dehcho Divisional Education Council and sits on the Local District Education Authority. She is dedicated to spreading the word of God and is a representative for On Eagle’s Wings a children’s ministry program.  She has been involved with the historical society preserving the local history for 25 years. Martina is a strong leader that has a quiet and caring nature always helping to empower women to be their best.  

Violet Camsell-Blondin

Tlicho Region, Behchoko
Appointed June 2016

Bio to come. 


Arlene Hache

North Slave Region, Yellowknife
Appointed June 2017

Arlene Hache, a person who has experienced homelessness is well known across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as an advocate for social change. As a result of her work in the North, Arlene was awarded the Order of Canada in 2009 and then the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Arlene has participated on several research teams and is a published author. Arlene was a founder and the Executive Director of Centre for Northern Families for 25 years.  Arlene actively participated in the development, implementation and evaluation of every program offered at the Centre. She is also a past Wise Women Recipient for the year 1998.